“Thank You” to Anonymous

Saturday, March 15

3-15By Denise Jensen of Independence, Missouri, USA

Faithful disciples respond to an increasing awareness of the abundant generosity of God by sharing according to the desires of their hearts; not by commandment or constraint. Break free of the shackles of conventional culture that mainly promote self-serving interests. Give generously according to your true capacity.

 —Doctrine and Covenants163:9

From the time they were 1 day old, I told my children they could become anything they wanted to become, to never let anything or anyone tell them differently. Everything is possible through Christ.

Like most, our family has had its share of challenges and joys! Living paycheck-to-paycheck was normal for us. Yet, from the time of my children’s births, I knew they would attend college and work toward their dreams.

When my daughter started college, we applied for every grant, scholarship, and student loan available. Shayla worked three part-time jobs on campus during her college years and worked full-time every summer.

In her freshman year she found a grant application for congregational matching funds. The university would match dollar-for-dollar contributions from members of the congregation. She turned in the application to the pastor. A few weeks later the pastor notified her that someone had made a donation but wanted to remain anonymous.

This support continued for several semesters. Although we will never know who gave the funds, we want to say thank you. You lightened our burden with your generosity. I want each member of my congregation to know their grace and generosity has touched our lives in many ways. In particular, I want to share how the care and generosity of just one person or couple changed our lives for the better.

I find such joy in giving and receiving! Our family is blessed by each person in our congregation. I pray all are blessed as they give, just as we are blessed to receive. We experience our congregation as a sacred place of grace and generosity.

Prayer for Peace
Universal, community, and personal God, thank you for the generosity you instill in your disciples. Thank you for the determination of the young to learn to show their appreciation. Thank you for those who share the peace of Christ.

Spiritual Practice: Experience Congregations in Mission
Read and reflect on Doctrine and Covenants 164:9a–d. Reread the sentence, “If you truly would be Community of Christ, then embody and live the concerns and passion of Christ.” List the issues you feel mattered most to Christ. List issues that matter to your congregation. Reflect on the similarities and differences. How can you help align the lists? Throughout the day, as issues arise, ask yourself, “Would this matter to Christ?”

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will give encouragement and affirmation to Develop Disciples to Serve.

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